ERIC Number: ED022040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Dental Assisting Education in California.
California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Bureau of Industrial Education.; California Univ., Los Angeles. Div. of Vocational Education.
A survey of 22 dental assisting programs showed an average of 1,124 hours of instruction in dental assisting for 15 four-semester, 955 for three three-semester, and 1,042 for four two-semester programs. The average instructional hours for the four-semester programs were 48 in introduction to dental assisting, 179 in the life sciences, 221 in the physical sciences, 181 in chairside procedures, 146 in dental laboratory procedures, 125 in practice administration, and 224 in supervised practical experience. Hours in general education averaged 479. There were trends toward (1) an increasing emphasis on ethics, professional organization, grooming, terminology, radiography, orthodontic and emergency chairside procedures, laboratory procedures for orthodontic appliances, insurance procedures, dental office and dental school experience, English, typing, speech, and psychology, and (2) a slight decrease in emphasis in time devoted to denture construction. The model associate degree program proposed, based upon survey data, includes (1) 32 semester units and a total of 1,011 hours in dental assisting courses, (2) 14 to 20 semester units in related business, communication, natural science, and applied psychology courses, and (3) 10 to 19 semester units in general education. (JK)
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Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Bureau of Industrial Education.; California Univ., Los Angeles. Div. of Vocational Education.